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American English: /hoʊl/
British English: /həʊl/

Translation of hole in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1
    (in belt, material, clothing) agujero (masculine)
    (in defenses) brecha (feminine)
    my socks are in holes
    tengo los calcetines llenos de agujeros
    to make a hole in something
    hacer un agujero en algo
    agujerear algo
    that made a hole in their savings
    eso se llevó or se comió buena parte de sus ahorros
    in the hole (US) we're $10,000 in the hole to the bank
    le debemos 10.000 dólares al banco
    I'm just going deeper and deeper in the hole
    cada vez estoy más endeudado or más cargado de deudas
    money just burns a hole in his/her pocket
    el dinero le quema las manos
    to need something like a hole in the headI need a visit from him like I need a hole in the head
    ¡lo único que me faltaba! ¡que él viniera a verme!
    Example sentences
    • Transplant the seedlings in the normal manner by making a small hole through the surface mulch/manure and plant them into it.
    • Jay mounded flour, made a hole in it, and dumped in a pinch of salt and then an egg.
    • He's been out in the car park for the last couple of weeks, digging a big hole in the ground.
    Example sentences
    • Take a large sewing needle to puncture evenly spaced holes around the top and bottom of the shade.
    • We worked along the steel wall passing large circular holes where the heavy brass portholes had once been.
    • The roof is leaking, there are holes in the floor, the sewage pipes are broken, the heating doesn't work - there is no money in the kitty.
    1.2 (in argument, proposal) to pick holes in something
    encontrarle defectos or faltas a algo
    he picked holes in their plan/theory
    le encontró defectos a su plan/teoría
    Example sentences
    • Good on the surface, but as many have pointed out, all the plot holes and problems show up when you think about it for more than 10 seconds.
    • One insider said the reason for the explosion of counterfeiting was the hole still existing in the law.
    • Within 24 hr of the announcement, wily business pilots had figured out the plan was full of holes.
    1.3 (of animal) mouse hole
    Example sentences
    • While walking this earth he commented that foxes had holes and birds had nests in which to live, but he had ‘nowhere to lay his head’.
    • Hounds that have successfully tracked a fox are trained to pull it or dig it out of its hole, and the fox is killed.
    • From holes, burrows, and crevices, the creatures of the desert night crawled.
  • 2 (Sport) 2.1 (in golf) to play nine/eighteen holes
    jugar (un partido) a nueve/dieciocho hoyos
    Example sentences
    • Steve Ryser and Mike Franklin sunk a long putt each on holes nine and eighteen respectively.
    • Lytham is a classic seaside links, nine flattish holes out, nine flattish holes in.
    • This usually occurs on short putts as golfers try to steer the ball toward the hole.
    2.2 (in US football)
  • 3 3.1 (unpleasant place) [colloquial]this town is a real hole!
    ¡qué pueblo de mala muerte! [colloquial]
    his room was a dirty hole
    su cuarto era un cuchitril inmundo
    Example sentences
    • Her sudden idea to bring Ryan with her, to the hole of a town she originated from, had not been discussed with him.
    • Students were aggrieved at the possibility of being ‘stuck renting a hole in Cowley’ as Jessop put it.
    • Four more fights in this hole before we get the hell out of here.
    Example sentences
    • The stage was huge - the World Cup - his team was in a hole, and the situation was certainly death or glory.
    • The criticism of the state companies has surfaced at a time when they appear to be climbing out of the financial holes into which they stumbled in the 1990s.
    • It took us 20 years to get in this hole and it's going to take us 20 years to get out.
    3.2 (awkward situation) [colloquial]to be in a hole
    estar en un apuro or aprieto
    to get somebody out of a hole
    sacar a alguien de un apuro or aprieto

transitive verb

  • 1 (in golf)
    he holed the 15th in four
    hizo el hoyo 15 en cuatro golpes
    Example sentences
    • Magnificently, he holed the shot and allowed himself to smile again.
    • I'm swinging the club the way I want to, the putter is okay too, it's just that I'm holing nothing.
    • I wasn't at the green when he holed the putt and punched the air four or five times, but it remains one of my strongest memories, even now.
  • 2
    abrir una brecha en
    Example sentences
    • Two days later it was holed and drifting landwards with oil gushing out of its tanks.
    • Casualties were light but they lost one of their ships when it hit a rock and was holed.
    • The vessel was holed in numerous tanks with loss of crude and resultant pollution.

intransitive verb

  • (in golf) to hole in one
    embocar en un golpe
    hacer un hoyo en un golpe

Phrasal verbs

hole out

verb + adverb

hole up

verb + adverb
they spent the winter holed up in a seedy hotel
pasaron el invierno escondidos en un hotel de mala muerte
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